The Golden Platform


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On May 15, 1948, 65 years ago Jewish Zionist militias launched a massive attack on the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine to ethnically cleanse them from their land in order to establish Israel as their Jewish state. This lead more than 750,000 Palestinians to flee their homes and become displaced as refugees in the neighboring countries. Most of the families that fled did not even have time to pack their belonging or anything in fear of being massacred by the vicious Jewish militias who went through villages massacring its inhabitants who refused to leave, most of whom were poor villagers and unarmed farmers. 

“We must do everything to insure they never return. The old will die and the young will forget” David Ben-Gurion – First Prime Minister of Israel, 1949.

We won’t forget. We won’t forgive. And one day, soon, we will return!

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Last week my entire town lost power for five days (some areas even longer) due to a huge ice storm that came through. As a result of the power outage, the fish that I had for just over three years all died. I had no where to go with them, and my ‘back up’ power supply [a battery box thing] died on day two of the outage.

I miss those fish, despite how much work they were to maintain.

But, after careful consideration, I’ve decided I’m not going to get more fish, instead, I’m going to fulfill one of my childhood dreams and get a pet tortoise. Technically they might not be ‘easier’ to maintain, but at least I will be able to take care of them in the case of, lets say, an extended mid-winter power outage. 

I intend on getting a tortoise hatchling, I intend on having the tortoise for essentially the rest of my life - but I want to have it from it’s baby stage.  

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Libertarians summed up:
"Companies have the LIBERTY to exploit who they employ - as long as they have GREAT PR - and especially if I don't have to experience that exploitation myself."
"As long as you're making money in my proposed 'free market', it doesn't matter how many backs you must step on to attain it."
"LIBERTY for ME - 'cause I deserve it, servitude for you."
Libertarians are self-centered idiots.

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You Are a Rogue Device by Matt Fikse-Verkerk and Brendan Kiley

If you’re walking around downtown Seattle, look up: You’ll see off-white boxes, each one about a foot tall with vertical antennae, attached to utility poles. If you’re walking around downtown while looking at a smartphone, you will probably see at least one—and more likely two or three—Wi-Fi networks named after intersections: “4th&Seneca,” “4th&Union,” “4th&University,” and so on. That is how you can see the Seattle Police Department’s new wireless mesh network, bought from a California-based company called Aruba Networks, whose clients include the Department of Defense, school districts in Canada, oil-mining interests in China, and telecommunications companies in Saudi Arabia.

Seattle Police detective Monty Moss, one of the leaders of the mesh-network project—one part of a $2.7 million effort, paid for by the Department of Homeland Security—wrote in an e-mail that the department “is not comfortable answering policy questions when we do not yet have a policy.” But, Detective Moss added, the SPD “is actively collaborating with the mayor’s office, city council, law department, and the ACLU on a use policy.” The ACLU, at least, begs to differ: “Actively collaborating” is not how they would put it. Jamela Debelak, technology and liberty director of the Seattle office, says the ACLU submitted policy-use suggestions months ago and has been waiting for a response.

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